Following electric bikes from Canada, China, India, Spain and Italy, Brazilian EV two-wheeler brand Voltz Motors has introduced an electric street motorcycle – the Voltz EVS. Brazil’s first ‘smart’ electric bike is more capable than the Revolt RV400, which is the best electric bike in India right now.
At the front, the Voltz EVS has a medium-sized windscreen, sharply cut mirrors, slim LED turn indicators and an edgy, V-shaped LED headlamp. On the sides, the new electric bike features neatly sculpted surfaces and an entirely closed section where the powertrain is housed. The panels for the powertrain housing come in grey or black colours, while the rest of the body can be had in either black, blue, red, green, brown or grey. At the rear, the new electric bike has a slim LED tail lamp and LED turn indicators. While the headlamp slightly reminds us of KTM Dukes, the curvy bodywork has nothing in common with the Austrian naked bikes.
The Voltz EVS has a fully digital instrument that is a colour panel and offers GPS, and Bluetooth and 4G connectivity options, and it features a smart key as well. The new electric bike measures 1,900 mm in length, 780 mm in width and 1,040 mm in height and has a 1,460 mm wheelbase. It has 17-inch wheels with 120/70 R17 (front)/14070 R17 (rear) tyres, and its dry weight is 130 kg.
The battery is a 33.6 Ah, 72 V or 2.42 kWh unit, weighs 9 kg and has a life of 2,000 charge cycles, with 1,500 charge cycles guaranteed. It is removable and customers can install up to two of them together, to get a range of up to 180 km. Fully charging both the batteries takes 5 hours.
The Voltz EVS mounts a 7 kW (9.52 PS) electric motor that makes it capable of achieving speeds up to 120 km/h, and it does have a reverse function. The rider can select from three ride modes on this new electric bike: Eco, Standard and Sport. A 0-60 km/h sprint on the Voltz EVS takes six seconds, which is comparable to 150-160 cc petrol engine bikes. The table below shows how the speed and range vary as per the battery and ride mode selections:
|Ride Mode||Single Battery Speed||Single Battery Top Range||Dual Battery Speed||Dual Battery Top Range|
|Eco||80 km/h||120 km||80 km/h||180 km|
|Standard||100 km/h||100 km||100 km/h||150 km|
|Sport||120 km/h||80 km||120 km/h||120 km|
The Voltz EVS is now available to order, with a deposit of BRL 250 (INR 3,255.21), and its prices are BRL 15,900 (INR 2,07,031.11) for the single-battery variant and BRL 2,46,093.58 for the dual-battery variant.
In July, we spoke to Manoel Fonseca, the chief marketing officer of Voltz Motors, asking him about the electric motorcycle and the company’s plans.
Can you tell us about the Voltz EVS electric bike’s smart features?
The Voltz EVS is the second product from Voltz Motors and the first intelligent bike in Brazil. This bike will inform the rider on the weather, who is calling, what is the music played on the earphone. It has Google Maps and other things that make it the first intelligent bike.
What next can we expect on the Voltz EVS?
The rider will have a personalized experience, like on a smartphone, from next year. In the future, the EVS will have a bigger screen (the dashboard will have a lot of customization to be personalised to anyone).
Can you give information on the manufacturing of the Voltz EVS?
Voltz Motors is a Brazilian company. We have our manufacturing in China. We bought our design and the license to sell in Brazil. Probably this year we will start some part of the manufacturing in Amazonas (state in Brazil).
What about the sales & retail operations?
Right now, we have sold about 1,200 units of our scooter (EV 01), we started sales in November 2019. We have 45 showrooms, by December we wish to expand to 100 – you can’t buy our bike at our showrooms, only experience products. You have to purchase the bike via the website, following which you receive the product at your home. You receive the bike in our beautiful box and you’ll have the experience of unboxing it in your community and share happiness with others!
What are your future launches?
Obviously, we wish to have a product family. We already have a scooter, and we will launch the EVS in the street category, and probably after that an off-road bike, and a long-range cruiser.
Do you plan to sell Voltz Motors products in neighbouring countries?
We are in talks with distributors in Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Portugal, but we haven’t signed contracts. Every country has a different culture, so we want to get it right when we enter these markets. So it is our plan to expand into new regions.
Voltz EV 01 electric scooter
Voltz Motors currently has only one model in its portfolio – the EV 01 electric scooter that is powered by a 60 V, 28 Ah battery, offering a range of up to 60 km per charge and can be charged to full capacity in just 4 hours. Driven by an 1.8 kW Bosch electric motor, the ES 01 can go up to a maximum speed of 60 km/h. Other features of the scooter include 12-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, speakers and a dedicated app that allows the riders to schedule services, access information about the scooter and find the nearest recharge points. It is priced at 9,490 Brazilian real (Rs. 1.33 lakh).